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systemic necrotizing vasculitis

Sarah-Jayne Edmondson, Saina Attaran, Ulrich P Rosendahl
Wegner's granulomatosis (WG) is an autoimmune systemic vasculitis that results in necrotizing granulomas. We report a WG patient with a lung granuloma and aortic root dilatation, who underwent aortic root replacement on cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). Intraoperatively, the patient suffered an aortic dissection, which was repaired immediately under deep hypothermic circulatory arrest (DHCA). Follow-up imaging showed complete granuloma resolution, despite absence of immunosuppressive therapy. Immune stimulation following CPB is well described; here, the opposite was observed and DHCA effects are discussed...
February 2016: Aorta (Stamford, Conn.)
Alberto Francesco Cereda, Patrizia Pedrotti, Lucio De Capitani, Cristina Giannattasio, Alberto Roghi
BACKGROUND: Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA) is a systemic necrotizing vasculitis characterized by hypereosinophilia. EGPA typically develops in three clinical phases, beginning with asthma, followed by tissue eosinophilia and finally systemic vasculitis. Cardiac involvement is the most important predictor of mortality; it occurs in approximately 15-60% of EGPA patients, a significant proportion of whom are asymptomatic and have normal electrocardiogram (ECG) and echocardiogram...
October 7, 2016: European Journal of Internal Medicine
Elizabeth Manuely González Revilla, Araceli Abad Fernandez, María Teresa Río Ramirez, Sara Calero Pardo, María Antonia Juretschke Moragues
Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) is the name that has been used in recent years for Wegener's granulomatosis. This condition is a systemic inflammatory disease characterised by necrotizing vasculitis that affects small and medium-sized blood vessels (capillaries, arterioles, venules and arteries). The granulomatous inflammation affects the respiratory system; it also commonly affects the kidney and can very rarely affect large vessels such as the aorta and the surrounding retroperitoneal tissue. Early diagnosis and treatment is of vital importance because of the high risk of dissection and of obstruction of retroperitoneal structures...
2016: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
Martin Reindl, Sebastian Johannes Reinstadler, Hans-Josef Feistritzer, Agnes Mayr, Gert Klug, Peter Marschang, Bernhard Metzler
Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is one of the major causes of mortality and morbidity worldwide. In Central Europe, causes of AMI other than atherosclerosis are unusual. Coronary artery vasculitis is one potential non-atherosclerotic process causing AMI. Herein, the authors depict a very rare case of AMI as a clinical manifestation of polyarteritis nodosa (PAN), a necrotizing systemic vasculitis. A 49-year-old male patient presented to our clinic with abdominal pain and markedly elevated concentrations of C‑reactive protein, creatinine and high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T...
September 13, 2016: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
F Sbrana, B Loggini, S Galimberti, M Coceani, M Latorre, V Seccia, S L'Abbate, M Mosca, E M Pasanisi, C Baldini
Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangitis (EGPA) is an uncommon ANCA-associated systemic small-vessel necrotizing vasculitis. At times, EGPA presenting manifestations can be very different from the usually recognized disease patterns. We report a 52-year-old female patient with 3 years history of itching. During the time occurred a chronic skin lichenification on her legs and gradually developed a full-blown ANCA-MPO positive EGPA in combination with blood hypereosinophilia, eosinophilic vasculitis at skin biopsy, subclinical asthma and chronic rhinosinusitis...
April 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
Gabriel Horta-Baas, Esteban Meza-Zempoaltecatl, Mario Pérez-Cristóbal, Leonor Adriana Barile-Fabris
Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), formerly known as Wegener's granulomatosis, is a systemic necrotizing vasculitis, which affects small and medium sized blood vessels and is often associated with cytoplasmic anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA). Inflammatory pseudotumor is a rare condition characterized by the appearance of a mass lesion that mimics a malignant tumor both clinically and on imaging studies, but that is thought to have an inflammatory/reactive pathogenesis. We report a patient with a GPA which was originally diagnosed as malignancy...
July 2016: Gaceta Médica de México
Fatma Alibaz-Oner, Matthew J Koster, Cynthia S Crowson, Ashima Makol, Steven R Ytterberg, Carlo Salvarani, Eric L Matteson, Kenneth J Warrington
OBJECTIVES: Polyarteritis nodosa (PAN) is a systemic necrotizing vasculitis of medium-sized visceral vessels. However, cutaneous arteritis (CA) and gastrointestinal (GI) vasculitis are forms of single organ vasculitis having indistinguishable histopathological findings from PAN. The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the clinical characteristics, treatment, and outcomes of patients with systemic PAN, CA and GI vasculitis. METHODS: Retrospective cohorts were assembled of patients with PAN, CA and GI vasculitis between 1980 and 2014...
August 26, 2016: Arthritis Care & Research
Sophia Lionaki, John N Boletis
BACKGROUND: Pauci-immune glomerulonephritis is the most common cause of aggressive glomerulonephritis and occurs as a renal-limited disease or as a component of systemic necrotizing small-vessel vasculitis. It is characterized by paucity of staining for immunoglobulins, by immunofluorescence along with fibrinoid necrosis and crescent formation by light microscopy, while the vast majority of patients have anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA) in their circulation, which also participate in the pathogenesis of the disease...
March 2016: Kidney Diseases
Hong Xiao, Peiqi Hu, Ronald J Falk, J Charles Jennette
BACKGROUND: Antineutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibodies (ANCA) are associated with a spectrum of necrotizing vasculitis including granulomatosis with polyangiitis, microscopic polyangiitis, eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis, and renal-limited necrotizing and crescentic glomerulonephritis. Clinical observations and in vitro and in vivo experimental evidence strongly indicate that ANCA are pathogenic. SUMMARY: The etiology and pathogenesis of ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) are multifactorial, with contributions from genetic factors, environmental exposures, infections, characteristics of the innate and adaptive immune system, and the intensity and duration of the injury...
March 2016: Kidney Diseases
Jun-Jun Luan, Guang-Qun Xing
OBJECTIVES: Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA)-associated vasculitides (AAV) are a group of systemic autoimmune disorders characterized by necrotizing inflammation of small- to medium-sized blood vessels. The pathogenesis of patients with AAV are still in investigation. In this study, we explored the involvement of LL-37 and nucleic acids in AAV. METHODS: 15 patients with AAV diagnosed according to the Chapel Hill definition between October 2014 and July 2015 in the department of Nephrology of Huangdao, affiliated Hospital of Qingdao University were enrolled...
July 30, 2016: Journal of Nephrology
Divi Cornec, Emilie Cornec-Le Gall, Fernando C Fervenza, Ulrich Specks
The anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitides (AAV) are a heterogeneous group of rare syndromes characterized by necrotizing inflammation of small and medium-sized blood vessels and the presence of ANCAs. Several clinicopathological classification systems exist that aim to define homogeneous groups among patients with AAV, the main syndromes being microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) and eosinophilic GPA (EGPA). Two main types of ANCA can be detected in patients with AAV...
October 2016: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
Daniel Söderberg, Mårten Segelmark
A group of pauci-immune vasculitides, characterized by neutrophil-rich necrotizing inflammation of small vessels and the presence of antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCAs), is referred to as ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV). ANCAs against proteinase 3 (PR3) (PR3-ANCA) or myeloperoxidase (MPO) (MPO-ANCA) are found in over 90% of patients with active disease, and these ANCAs are implicated in the pathogenesis of AAV. Dying neutrophils surrounding the walls of small vessels are a histological hallmark of AAV...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Felipe Paiva Fonseca, Bernar Monteiro Benites, Ana Luisa Vanalle Ferrari, Zoraida Sachetto, Glécio Vaz de Campos, Oslei Paes de Almeida, Eduardo Rodrigues Fregnani
Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) is a potentially lethal disease characterized by systemic necrotizing vasculitis, which affects small- and medium sized blood vessels and is often associated with serum cytoplasmic ANCA. Upper and lower respiratory tract and kidney are the most involved sites, but oral lesions can be identified in 6 to 13% of the cases, whereas in only 2% of the cases, oral manifestations represent the first signal of the disease usually as gingival swellings or unspecific ulcerations...
July 21, 2016: Australian Dental Journal
Kamel El-Reshaid, Jozsef Varro, John P Madda
Lymph node involvement as a part of systemic vasculitis is rare. We report a case of women with rapidly progressive renal disease associated with recurrent epigastric pain, weight loss, and massive hilar as well as para-aortic lymphadenopathy. Ultrasound-guided biopsy of her scarred kidneys revealed antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-negative crescentic glomerulonephritis and that of lymph nodes showed severe necrotizing vasculitis. Biopsy of the lymph nodes and the failing kidney established the diagnosis of this rare presentation and ruled out lymphoma and tuberculosis...
July 2016: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
Sheetal Malhotra, Hari Krishan Dhawan, Ratti Ram Sharma, Neelam Marwaha, Aman Sharma
Wegeners granulomatosis (WG) is an autoimmune, antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody mediated necrotizing vasculitis involving renal, and upper and lower respiratory systems. Treatment relies on a combination of immunosuppressive drugs and tapering regimen of glucocorticoids. Therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) has been recognized as a second line treatment. We report the successful use of TPE in combination with rituximab in achieving remission in a patient with WG (dialysis independent) not responding to conventional therapy...
June 2016: Indian Journal of Hematology & Blood Transfusion
Lucyna Jóźwiak, Izabela Ławnicka, Andrzej Książek
Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) is a systemic necrotizing vasculitis of unknown aetiology, often related to the antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA). GPA was previously named Wegener's granulomatosis (WG). The disease frequently has multisystemic presentation, targeting mainly the respiratory tract and kidneys, but gastrointestinal involvement is uncommon. Crohn's disease (CD) is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) with many extraintestinal manifestations. Clinically, symptoms of WG and CD can mimic each other...
2016: Reumatologia
Ivan Marković, Silva Puksić, Ana Gudelj-Gracanin, Ivan Ozegović, Melanie-Ivana Culo, Josko Mitrović, Jadranka Morović-Vergles
Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener's granulomatosis) is one of the anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic anti-body-associated small vessel vasculitides. Upper and lower respiratory system and kidneys are most commonly affected. The disease is characterized by granulomatous inflammation of the respiratory tract and necrotizing vasculitis of small to medium-sized blood vessels. Most patients show involvement of more than one organ systems at the time of diagnosis, and constitutional symptoms may be present. In around a quarter of patients the disease is initially localised, with involvement of upper respiratory tract or lungs...
January 2016: Lijec̆nic̆ki Vjesnik
Hasan Al-Hakami, Abdurhman S Al-Arfaj, Mohammed Al-Sohaibani, Najma A Khalil
Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) formerly called Wegener's granulomatosis is a chronic necrotizing granulomatous inflammatory disease with systemic vasculitis involving the upper and lower respiratory tract, and kidneys. The typical histopathology is that of necrotizing granulomatous inflammation with palisading histiocytes, neutrophils, and lymphocytes. We report a case of a 57-year-old lady presenting with left eye swelling, left ear pain and discharge, but with no pulmonary or renal symptoms. Investigations revealed positive cytoplasmic antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies  and proteinase 3 antibodies...
June 2016: Saudi Medical Journal
Yi-Wei Justin Liu, Sangeeta Mutnuri, Sarah Batool Siddiqui, Geoff Richard Weikle, Olajumoke Oladipo, Niharika Ganti, Robert E Beach, Marjan Afrouzian
OBJECTIVES: The issue of levamisole-adulterated cocaine is emerging as a rapidly growing public health concern due to an increasing number of reports describing its role in cutaneous vasculitis and agranulocytosis. Of note, levamisole is recognized as a contaminant in 69% of the cocaine used within the United States. METHODS: We describe a patient who was a chronic cocaine user and developed systemic vasculitis characterized by polyarthralgia, bullous skin lesions, agranulocytosis, and antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-positive rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis...
May 2016: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
Buraa Kubaisi, Khawla Abu Samra, C Stephen Foster
Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) is a potentially lethal systemic disorder that is characterized by necrotizing vasculitis of small arteries and veins. The respiratory system is most commonly affected in limited forms of the disease, however upper and lower respiratory system, systemic vasculitis, and necrotizing glomerulonephritis are the characteristic components of the disease triad. The peak incidence is observed at 64-75 years of age, with a prevalence of 8-10 per million depending on geographic location...
May 2016: Intractable & Rare Diseases Research
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